remove asthma triggers and health hazards in your home?

DO YOU WANT TO

1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can get help to make their home a safer and healthier place for children with asthma and pregnant people. We—DC Government—will help you identify health hazards like dust mites, cockroaches, rodents, dampness, and tobacco smoke that can make asthma and allergies worse. We will provide you and your landlord, property manager, or tenant with tailored information, education, and referrals to help correct or minimize each hazard.

 

This program is called the Healthy Homes Program and is offered by the Department of Energy and Environment.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You may be eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You live in DC.

  • A child aged 18 years old or younger with asthma and/or a pregnant person lives in your home.

  • You are concerned about one or more health hazards, in your home.

 

Homeowners, property managers, renters, or anyone else interested in improving housing conditions is eligible.

3. Apply.


Complete the online application form, or call us at (202) 535-2600, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and ask for the Healthy Homes Program. You can apply at any time.





4. Gather more information.

What happens after I apply?


  1. Within 24 hours or the next business day, we—DC Government—will call you to review your application and decide whether to do a visual check of your home for health hazards.
  2. During the visual assessment, we’ll take photos and make notes on hazards that need to be addressed.
  3. Within two to three weeks, we’ll send you and/or your landlord a report on the hazards we identified during the home visit, potential health risks related to each hazard, and recommended time frames to make repairs.
  4. We’ll work with you to track progress in fixing the hazards and provide follow-up assistance as needed.




Are there any additional requirements I should know about?


We—DC Government—will ask for your consent to participate in the program and to share your information with other agencies and organizations to help us provide this service to you.




Who should I contact if I have questions?


First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to the Healthy Homes Program at (202) 535-2600, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.




I’m not eligible, but I need help making my home safer. What should I do?


You can find information about other resources that might help on our home safety resources page.




Frequently Asked Questions


What are examples of other DC resources that may be involved with this program? We will refer you to other resources based on your household’s needs. For example, if your home is experiencing an issue with lead in your paint, then we may refer you to the Lead Reduction Program. This is just one example of another DC resource that we may recommend.

Can I get help to apply to this program?
You can ask your doctor, case manager, health navigator, lawyer, or other service provider to refer you to the program. Or you can us at (202) 535-2600, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and we’ll fill out the application for you.

What if you find health hazards in my home that aren’t related to asthma in children? If we notice other hazards, such as water damage, lead paint, and physical structure concerns, we’ll ask that those hazards be fixed and refer you to additional resources if needed.




Do all eligible applicants get access to the program?


Yes. We’ll match all eligible applicants to tailored solutions and resources.





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This page was last updated February 2021.

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